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Blood Sugar 101: What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes [Kindle Edition]

Jenny Ruhl
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Book Description

This book explains what peer-reviewed research published in top medical journals has to say about:
+ What is a normal blood sugar?
+ How does diabetes develop?
+ What really causes diabetes?
+ What blood sugar levels cause complications?
+ Must you deteriorate?
+ What diet is right for you?
+ How can you make that diet work?
+ What medications are safe?
+ What supplements lower blood sugar?

Written in clear and understandable language, this book provides all the tools needed to understand how blood sugar works and achieve blood sugar health.

"this book should be read by all diabetics because of the valuable material that cannot be found elsewhere." --Dr. Richard K. Bernstein

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The research you'll find discussed in this latest Kindle version of Blood Sugar 101 has been updated with information current as of June 2012.

Product Details

  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Technion Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z8RXQW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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466 of 470 people found the following review helpful
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This book is simply outstanding, highly recommended if you have diabetes, prediabetes, or just want to know more about how to keep this from happening to you.

The core message of the book is (1) that blood sugars over 140 are damaging, and that you should keep your blood sugar below this level all the time, and (2) that keeping your blood sugar below 140 is something that everyone can do.

The problem with blood sugars over 140 is that they cause diabetic complications: increased heart attack risk, nerve problems, eyesight loss, kidney problems, blood vessel and circulation problems that can lead to amputations, etc. High blood sugars also accelerate damage to your pancreas, so that you get ongoing higher and higher blood sugars, a vicious circle. Not fun stuff.

The best early warning sign that your blood sugars are spiraling out of control is your peak blood sugar after a meal. If your blood sugar spikes to over 140 after eating, you need to start working on it. The best way to check it is to buy a low-cost over-the-counter blood sugar meter at your local pharmacy, and check your readings at 1, 1.5, and 2 hours after a typical meal.

The problem with fasting blood sugar as an indicator is that this is the last to go. You can have normal fasting blood sugars and high after-meal peaks for a long time, then "overnight" have very high fasting blood sugars when your system loses the ability to recover. Only when you show high fasting blood sugars will your doctor start treating you.

The best solution for high peak blood sugars is to reduce carbohydrates, which lowers the amount of blood sugar that your metabolism has to cope with.
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138 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom of the Web for Diabetes Management April 1, 2008
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If you like the BloodSugar101 WebSite, this is an excellent pocket reference for you!

For those of you suffering from Type 1, 2 or MODL type Diabetes, this book has the best advice for really improving your Blood Sugar Control and health. I have been able to bring my A1C from 8.4% to 5.8% in 3 months by using the key advice found in this source. (I stumbled on some of the Medication and Diet Techniques on my own but found all of them concisely listed in this wonderful book).

Book Strengths:
1. Good, practical advice on making the necessary lifestyle changes stick!
2. Keeping the focus on understanding your individual diabetes situation and tuning for it.
3. Outstanding references to support all advice and continued emphasis on healthy skepticism.
4. An excellent, handy reference which to keep nearby.
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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes sense to me! April 14, 2008
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Having a diagnosis of diabetes for less than two years now has made me more than a little skeptical about the adivce and directions I've been given by the doctors, nurses & dieticians. It seemed as if they set the bar too low so I began to look for information that would help me avoid the ravages of diabetes. I found this book to be exactly what I needed to give my efforts a boost in the right direction.

I like that it speaks to all the major factors (food, exercise & medication) in a way that is simple to understand and specific with numbers that will help us live with this disease and I mean live without damage.

Thanks Jenny - everyone with diabetes should read this book and best case would be all those newly diagnosed would be handed a copy and told - This book will keep you on the right track and allow you to do what it takes to stay healthy with this disease.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! September 9, 2008
As a diabetes "newbie" (just diagnosed a couple of weeks ago), I decided I'd better learn all I could while waiting for my appointment with the booked-weeks-in-advance endocrinologist. I ordered both "Blood Sugar 101" and Dr. Bernstein's book. Both are jam-packed with information, but Dr. Bernstein left me feeling a bit overwhelmed, and also scared of what would happen if I couldn't follow his program to the letter.

Jenny's book, on the other hand, made me feel like "I can do this". It is clearly written and provides a step-by-step program for getting one's blood sugar under control. Best of all, I can sit down and read it without suffering a panic attack. Highly recommended for the newly diagnosed, or anyone wanting to learn more about this disease.
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The MOST useful info a new diabetic could have August 31, 2009
With the information this book taught me how to discover about my own diabetes, I have lost 32 pounds and brought my A1c down below 6%, without any medications. I bought this book 4 months ago, right after my Type 2 diagnosis, when my doc sent me out of his office with a prescription and not even so much information as they gave me when I had a sinus infection. I bought it along with three books from the American Diabetes Assoc and three other popular physician-written diabetes titles. The only one of these seven books I have read more than once is this one, and I've read it cover-to-cover *four* times with my highlighters and sticky notes at hand and gotten something new out of it every time -- it's a LOT of information, laid out very clearly. As you gather more info yourself from your finger-stick testing and eating experiments, you start to see patterns that the book helps you recognize and react to. I have then used bits and pieces from the other titles to fine-tune my diet ("Blood Sugar 101" has suggestions but no exact eating or exercise regimens, and only a very few recipes), and I am feeling better than I have in fifteen years. I really appreciate all the diabetics whose listserv posts have informed Jenny's book and website, the power of their experience gave me the guts to personally challenge the diabetes "party line." I like that I can look for free web updates to any of the information in this book, but I also imagine I'll buy any updated print editions, as the web can be overwhelming when the info you need is as complex as this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Same here. Have not have enough time to make ...
Same here. Have not have enough time to make a judgement on whether it will work for me or not.
Published 9 days ago by monserrate pagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Great information and highly recommend
Great book. Great information and highly recommend.
Published 17 days ago by Donnay
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book right away!
I posted a review for this book as part of my review of her other book "Lower your Blood Sugar 101 The 30 Minute Guide for People with Diabetes, Prediabetes, and Insulin... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Nathan E Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 29 days ago by dennis stajkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book on the true problems one has with diabetes and what action or direction you can choose.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
Outstanding book! This book is easy to read and full of research-based information. I now know more than my physician, and, in fact, sent her a copy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Something for all diabetics and their loved ones to read for a more complete understanding of the disease.
Published 1 month ago by j.david10
5.0 out of 5 stars who said it was a good book and helped lots
Ordered for a gift to a long time friend, who said it was a good book and helped lots.
Published 1 month ago by Ann S. Prather Speck
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is very informative and easy to understand
This book is very informative and easy to understand. It provides guidelines for those with diabetes or those who are pre-diabetic, to obtain and maintain health. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lillian Z. Hameed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent explanation of 'everything' diabetic!
Published 1 month ago by Christel Lea
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More About the Author

Jenny Ruhl, a well-known author of business books, was diagnosed with diabetes in 1998. Nothing doctors told her about how to control her blood sugar corresponded to her own experiences and observations. To answer the questions "What causes diabetes" and "What blood sugars prevent complications" she dug into the medical journals newly available online and spent a year tracking down the facts. The result was the web site which now gets well over a million visitors a year.

She is a strong supporter of the The "Test, Test, Test" strategy for lowering blood sugar. It embodies the highly effective strategy she learned on the now-defunct newsgroup back in the days when it was frequented by quite a few bright, inquisitive engineers. She hears from hundreds of people each year who have used that technique to bring their A1cs down into the 5% range that research shows will prevent diabetic complications.

Jenny blogs at She tweets as @BloodSugar101.


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